Airborne's parents were oil-rich Navajos who let their eldest son indulge in sky-diving lessons, forever setting his love for being in the air. He could have been a lawyer, he passed the Arizona Bar Exams but instead opted to serve in the army to further indulge in his passion. And even though he's a jocular and likable person all around but when he gets serious, he'll give you that stare like he's looking into your soul.
A Real American Hero continuity
Marvel Comics continuity
Airborne was among the Joes who participated in stopping Cobra from contaminating the Alaskan pipeline with some kind of toxin. He provided the distraction that allowed Snake-Eyes to shoot down two Viper gliders with a RPG launcher. Later, he was eventually paired with fellow Native American member Spirit in keeping an eye on Snake Eyes.
Devil's Due Comics continuity
G.I. Joe Reloaded
G.I. Joe vs. Transformers
Action Force (British) Comics continuity
In the British continuity Airborne was an Italian Army soldier born in Naples.
Dreamwave Comics continuity
Sunbow animated series
Voice Actor: Peter Cullen
Throughout the M.A.S.S. Device crisis, Airborne played largely support roles. From defending the G.I. Joe base during a Cobra air raid to providing aerial support in a Dragonfly during Operation: Big Lift and then raid the Cobra heli-carrier to making the final push past the defenses of the Cobra Temple.
Tommy, Airborne's brother, was kidnapped by Cobra in an attempt to control people with psychic power and use them to take over the world. Airborne and Flash rescue him and we also find out Airborne has some telepathic powers.
Due to the many continuity issues in the Sunbow series Airborne was drawn and colored 3 different ways.
|A Real American Hero (1983)
Appearance: black hair; beige shirt with red stripes on left shoulder; light blue vest with green straps; beige pants; brown belt and kneepads; grey boots
Accessories: light green goggled helmet; beige backpack (with sculpted shovel); black Car-15 assault rifle.
Variations: Airborne's backpack is molded either with or without a plastic cross inside
|Spy Troops (2003)|
Airborne is part of the Spy Troops series. He is renamed as Sgt. Airborne and carded together with the new Tele-Viper action figure. This version is also a cause for confusion as the same figure mold and color were used for Halo Jumper. Halo Jumper is also packaged with Tele-Viper.
|Valor vs. Venom (2004)|
Sgt. Airborne comes back as the pilot of the Sk Sweeper fighter jet. His body is the same mold from the Spy Troops series but lacks most of the accessories that came in the carded version.
|A Real American Hero (2008)|
The updated version of Airborne is based on the original 1983 figure, with separate pieces for his vest and climbing harness.
- In 1990, an Airborne action figure was released that initially caused confusion. He had a different profile from this version of Airborne. The Data Desk Handbook eventually confirmed them as two completely different characters sharing the same codename.
- Airborne had two distinct character models in the Sunbow animation: one resembled his G1 figure, while the other featured a dark grey helmet and long-sleeved light blue jumpsuit with black diagonal chest strap.
- In the above picture, his rank insignia resembles Air Force Rank, not Army insignia.